San Sebastian sets sidebars

Pics from Morocco, Tunis and Algiers in new edition

MADRID — The San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival has set its traditional three sidebars for its 51st edition.

They will be a tribute to a contempo filmmaker, this year Brit maverick Michael Winterbottom; retro “Among Friends and Neighbours,” a panorama of pics from the Magreb countries of Morocco, Tunis and Algiers; a homage to a classic helmer, this year, cosmopolitan screenwriter and film director, Preston Sturges, who made some of Hollywood’s best comedies of the ’40s, from “The Great McGinty.”

All three sections underscore San Sebastian’s commitment to auteur-driven cinema.

Sturges was one of the first hyphenates to take a writer-director credit in the talkies; few films from the Magreb have been released in Europe;

Winterbottom broke through to general recognition in Spain after making “24-Hour Party People” in 2002.

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